I fell in love with the idea of Unity Sand! We blended two families together when we got married this April, for a total of four kids and the two grown ups. A new family, coming together... though the unity sand sets can be a bit pricey, plus, the extra vases, plus, purchasing the different colours of sand....
The idea is that each member of the family puts their color sand in to the vase during the wedding ceremony. It represents the creation of something beautiful from each persons individual colours. I love it! And it's a lovely keepsake of the wedding! A reminder of how each person is equally important and part of the family.
The symbolizm was important to me... but the kids were more interested in the fun part! Coloring the sand! It became a family project! It's easy to color sand, and each member was able to create their own colors using food coloring! (Which for me, added even MORE to the symbolizm!) And I loved getting them involved in the wedding planning!
Extra Plus... buying coloured sand at the craft store is $5 each little bag. Buying a 50lb bag of silica sand to colour at the Home Improvement store, $10! Family Fun to make coloured sand... priceless ;)
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Step 1: Gather The Materials
Bag of Silica Sand (I got mine from Home Depot. I got a 50lb bag)
Silica Sand is the best type, in my opinion, as it's nice and white. But online I found that people also colored play sand. I would assume it would be darker colours though.
Food Coloring (The liquid kind is what I used)
Water, bowls, Spoons, Newspaper
Glass vase (Value Village find for me! Second Hand Stores are goldmines!)
Small glass vases (Micheals Craft Store is where I found mine, Dollar Store would work too!)